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American Idol: The Top 12 Revealed

In some ways, it's kind of funny that American Idol makes such a big deal out of who makes it into the top 12. There's no real prize for it; you don't get to go on tour or anything. I guess you get to make Ford "music videos" and do more group sings, but are those rewards, really?

Nonetheless, the top 12 is always a milestone in any Idol season, and on Thursday we learned which of the 16 people pictured above would advance to the final round. Want to see who? For the first picture of your top 12 together, just


There's the top 12! Missing from the picture: Danny Noriega, Asia'h Epperson, Luke Menard, and Kady Malloy. Two of the eliminations — Luke and Kady — seemed like a given, while I sensed the other two might be wild cards. Even when the guys' side came down to Danny and Chikezie, it still felt like things could swing either way. I'll miss Danny's presence and spunk, but in some ways, I'm glad he's gone before he could be turned into another Sanjaya. On the girls' side, Asia'h had been one of my picks for the top 12, but I'm still not terribly surprised to see her go home now. Overall, I picked three out of four eliminations this week — how did you do? Don't forget to check your ballots for the guys and the girls.

Here are some other thoughts on Thursday's show:

  • Blake's song: love it or leave it? I err on the side of loving it, and I still think he has the potential to have one of the more interesting careers of all the Idol finalists. Then again, I'm also the gal who put "Break Anotha" on her iPod about eight seconds after it leaked, so . . .
  • Seacrest, five minutes in: "That is it for the fun stuff." Dude, you have got to stop telling the truth like that.
  • So, Lionel Richie loved David Cook's version of "Hello." Interesting. I wonder if they ever hear from, say, Whitney Houston about how she feels of the versions of her songs on Idol.
  • Aw, Kady definitely knew she was going; did you hear that resigned sigh when her name was called? Meanwhile, every time it's Carly's turn, I honestly worry she's going to hurl. For someone with so much experience, she seems so rattled.
  • Speaking of hurling: Chikezie! I thought it would never sink in for him that he was safe; then I thought he might completely take out little Danny with that big bear hug.
  • For real, what was that hat Paula was wearing? Was she channeling Peter Pan? Robin Hood?
  • Apparently, it's a good year to be an Idol contestant named David.
  • There was an honest-to-goodness reaction shot of Amanda smiling and looking happy! Who knew she was a fan of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"?

All in all, I picked eight of the top 12 in my snap judgments, one better than last year. Pop and I each correctly picked four guys and four girls. How about you? Who's the biggest surprise in the top 12 — and who are you most shocked was left out?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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thequeenbee thequeenbee 8 years
Jason Castro's got my vote since day one. I wish amanda went home instead of Kady. I know she's not as good as the others but i prefer her voice over amanda's any day. I love rock music but her voice is just... BLAH! Luke was too cute to go home, i hope chuckezie(did i spell that correctly?) left instead. oh well...
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Love Brooke and David Archuleta!
nikki_ nikki_ 8 years
I was kinda shocked about Asia'h as well. Danny, there was no question about it, he HAD to go..
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
The girls are pretty boring this year. It's the guys that have me watching. I was so excited when Jason Castro chose to sing Hallelujah. I think out of all of them, he is the one that I would probably be interested in as a real artist.
hahaylayp hahaylayp 8 years
I'd prefer Kady (even A'siah "Over Perky" Eperson) over Kristy Lee Cook anytime. I'm sad that Danny's gone. The show would be boring w/o him.
XpsX XpsX 8 years
this is no surprise
aoitenshi aoitenshi 8 years
I'm sad that Danny Noriega's gone! The boy's got some attitude alright, but he's incredibly sassy and I liked him for it. I know he never would've made it, but I thought he would at least be around a bit longer. He made the show interesting.
Christina23559 Christina23559 8 years
I have to agree with the fact that Amanda has GOT to go home, she seems completely miserable. I see her as being a horrible person to try to get along with. She just seems to have a chip on her shoulder, and I'm not sure what causes it. Anyways, I honestly was suprised that Danny went home and Chequeasy stayed, I don't care for his lounge singing. Don't get me wrong, Danny isn't all that great either, but to me he was more entertaining than Chikizie. I really wish that no one would sing Whitney/Mariah Carey songs. I will admit that Sayesha did a good job on her attempt, but it still sounded like a cover to me and not a geniuine performance.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I was pleased with the boys who went home (although Luke is cute, but he is the poor man's Orlando Bloom) I am still up in the air about the girls. I really wanted to like Kady but she didn't have any personality and seemed a little arrogant until last night. Then Asia'h was pretty talented, but I think she mostly got on the show because of pity. I think Amanda should go, she doesn't seem to be grateful for her opportunity and Kristy Lee really needs to improve next week, she's another one that I like but hasn't really wowed me yet.
texassunflower texassunflower 8 years
I have always thought Kristi had a gorgeous voice but the problem is that she is a flake. I just don't think she will cut it in the big world of the music industry. She used to sing at the club my husband works at here in San Antonio. It's called Cowboys Dance Hall. She used to call in sick all the time and then ended up quiting the club on short notice with some lame excuse. She acts like she has lived in Oregon her whole life but yet she had worked at the Cowboys club in Dallas, Texas and the one here in San Antonio until a little over a year ago. As I said she has a great voice but I don't think she should be the next American Idol.
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 8 years
So glad Danny is good, he attitude was soooooooooooo annoying!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I agreed 50% of who went home last night, Amanda Overmeye just needs to leave already - she is downright horrible. Danny should've been in the top 12, he has an awesome personality and i seriously don't think he would've turned into Sanjaya.
Hootie Hootie 8 years
OK, so I loved Danny. He was just too cute! I knew he wouldn't win, but I would have liked to have had the chance to get sick of him. :)
LadyP LadyP 8 years
Asia'h should of stayed. The other girl who turned a Journey song into country should have gone! You don't touch a Journey song and destroy it like she did! I didn't like Blakes song at the beginning. I wasn't that into him last season.
claudia_sweet26 claudia_sweet26 8 years
I was so sad when Danny was the one being eliminated. I honestly cryed for about 5 long minutes! Im gonna miss you Danny!♥♥♥
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
Kady had a great voice, WTF! Kristy Lee should have gone before her!
taraevans94 taraevans94 8 years
Couldn't they have just kept Luke on so we could all just look at him. TVs have mute buttons people!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I wish Kady would have made it into the top 12- I feel like she was about to get really good- she just never picked the right songs. Asia'h never impressed me, and when I thought she sounded good, she sounded like Toni Braxton. Danny, bye bye. Luke, how did you make it that far? Kristy Lee, top 12, really? She is so boring to me and whats the deal with the widened eyes when she sings? Amanda, I will never buy an album by her, she is like Pink but without the likability. Rest of them are really good and I think this is the best season in a while! Muffaletta and Ramiele = my final 2
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 8 years
i knew that kady and luke were going, but i was honestly shocked that asia'h left. i thought she was really talented... that kristy girl needs to leave! and i wondered about danny. i'm personally a big fan - i think he is hilarious and is an amazing singer. i will miss him!
viivaglam viivaglam 8 years
danny and asia'h! i loved them both
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
JJMarie — yup, the tour is the top 10. I always thought it was top 12, till someone on here set me straight last year!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
I think it's a good Top Twelve. However, I did prefer Asia'h over Kristy.
sarahbeee sarahbeee 8 years
i actually was pretty upset about asia'h - i liked her from the very beginning. i guess it could have been the sympathy factor-who knows? but i think she was def. a better sing than kristy. and thank god danny noriega's gone! i feel like if he would have stayed, i would have gotten really tired of him after awhile. oh and i loved blake's new song!
xrawk_starrx xrawk_starrx 8 years
I'm so happy that Asia'h and Danny are gone. I could not STAND them. They sucked. I think the top 12 is perfect this year.
kelsey6 kelsey6 8 years
I was only surprised about Asia'h leaving, I thought Luke might stay because he's so good looking, but he wasn't an amazing singer so I'm not too upset. I'm really glad that Brooke and Jason Castro are still in, they're my favourites!
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